Only about one in eight Americans carries student-loan debt; of the $1.6 trillion or so of debt that students have racked up, 56 percent is held by white-collar workers with advanced degrees. About one-third is owed by the wealthiest 20 percent of households, and nearly two-fifths was acquired in pursuit of graduate credentials. The fact is, the typical student-debt holder is more likely to be white, is more educated, and has more earning potential than the median American.
So true. Very few kids from my home town go to college, and most don't finish. I have seven siblings, three have been to college, I'm the only one to finish. Mostly because I married someone who could tell me how to do college and how to finish.
The world I live in now takes it for granted that their loans should be forgiven and that college should be free. Maybe that is true, but it won't help the people from my home town. It isn't the price keeping them from going to and finishing college, it's many of the cultural and process challenges laid out by the author.
By such an account, natural-rights philosophy and its understanding of liberty are regarded as fully adequate, and the Progressive reaction against them has nothing to teach us about their limitations.
The fuller account of America’s five conceptions of liberty suggests instead that, as natural-rights thinking about liberty became more divorced over time from classical and Christian inheritances and more subject to rigid judicial articulation and elaboration, it became less moderated by prudence and gradually morphed into the economic-autonomy conception and later on into the personal-autonomy conception. Additionally, as Americans found the local community and its exercise of liberty less meaningful and relevant, they were prepared to embrace a progressive vision of collective liberty practiced mainly at the national level.
What on earth was Watson trying to say? Government statements like this remind us that official spokespeople defy reality with every breath; treat the public like morons; make a laughingstock of themselves; and encourage the citizenry to seek the truth elsewhere. As usual, the New York Times gave a more accurate portrayal of what the government is up to than did the government.
Credibility is a big issue. The last few years have not helped the citizens trust in our institutions, from both sides of the aisle.
I agree with the author's overall point. That being said there is a lot of false equivalency here.
The US of 2005 is in no real way comparable to the Russia of today. We had free and fair elections. Katrina was a disaster...like many other natural disasters. While US troops did commit war crimes - they were prosecuted for it! War crime were and are not a policy or strategy of our military. We take them seriously and do a lot of training -based on the case studies from Iraq/Afghanistan/Vietnam/Korea - to avoid them. You don't hear about the looting of Baghdad like we are reading about the looting of Ukraine.
To keep players from competing to avoid an uncomfortable photo op...not a great look.
This is interesting for several reasons.
"A majority of the public, meanwhile, has $0 in student debt. If you limit your analysis to people under 30, the median student loan balance is still $0. For African-Americans, it’s $0. Most people do not go to college and do not incur student loan debt, and those non-debtors have lower incomes on average than the people who do go to college and do have debt."